2017 October

Four Roses has launched its 2017 Small Batch Limited Edition Bourbon in the UK.

Gin makers have joined forces to call for the Chancellor to freeze spirit duty, to alleviate fears that high taxes could stifle the British gin boom.

Harry’s Cider has extended its bottled line up with the addition of a new medium cider variant.

El Jimador Tequila has launched a Day of the Dead bottle in response to growing consumer interest in celebrating the Mexican event on 2 November 2017.

The London Wine Fair has unveiled the first of its new exhibitor zones, which will feature as part of a refreshed 2018 show.

The Orkney Wine Company has added a rum to its portfolio, produced under a new venture by the company called VS Distillers.

Mouton Cadet has been name Official Wine of the 2018 Ryder Cup, which takes places across three days next September. 

“What’s the difference between an English wine merchant and a terrorist?” says Australian Vintage’s award-winning winemaker, Peter Hall. “You can negotiate with a terrorist.” 

Rekorderlig is bringing back its Spiced Plum variant in time for the winter season.

Naked Wines has raised more than half a million dollars to help local winemaker communities hit by the California wildfires in Napa and Sonoma Counties, where thousands of families have lost their homes and workplaces.

Fuller, Smith & Turner has released its 2017 edition of Vintage Ale, its annual limited edition brew made using this year’s ‘cream of the crop of ingredients’.

Conviviality Retail is offering retailers new ways to join its growing franchise with the launch of a new franchisee licensing scheme.

Budweiser is supporting retailers this Hallloween with its King of Fears Party kit.

Jagermeister has unveiled a digital campaign to celebrate Halloween.

Perpetual motion machines are scientifically impossible, but that doesn’t stop people believing in them. As usual, the internet provides a happy home for such nut-jobs, for whom scientific impossibility is just another government conspiracy, man. Hence the abundance of blogs purporting to prove that perpetual motion machines are, like, totally real, and that the Large Hadron Collider is actually a stargate to a new cosmic wormhole. I’m not making this up, by the way.

Diageo Reserve is introducing Ketel One Oranje to the UK off-trade market. 

Winemakers Laurent Delaunay and Nicholas Crampton have formed an international partnership between the Languedoc and the Barossa, to share their mutual winemaking philosophy, as well as the international distribution of their wines.

Drams and tots

30 October, 2017

Some drinks have such immaculate branding behind them that it's hard not to believe there's some mastermind behind it, a strategic genius of such infinite subtlety that their work is apparent everywhere and yet utterly untraceable.

Soul Tree has released a range of premium bottled fruit ciders under the ODC Drinks brand.

Japanese-inspired gin brand Kuro has increased its distribution base in a listing deal with Harvey Nichols.

The highly-prized Van Winkle bourbon brand says yields for this year’s release of its whiskeys are “a bit higher” than last.

Stella Artois and Budweiser brewer has reported double-digit growth in the UK in the first nine months of 2017.

Stirling-based Fallen Brewing has added a canned Peaches & Cream Pale Ale to its range.

The Association of Convenience Stores has given evidence to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee, raising concerns about the practicality, cost and effectiveness of a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles in the UK.

Low-alcohol craft beer specialist Big Drop Brewing has signed a distribution agreement with Original Brands to boost availability of its products.

Jägermeister has launched a digital campaign for Halloween, starring Simone Marie Butler, bass player with the rock band Primal Scream and a presenter on Soho Radio.

Global wine production is expected to fall by 8.2% in 2017, according to estimates from the Organisation of Vine & Wine (OIV).

A dozen English wine producers have signed a letter to the Chancellor Philip Hammond and Envrionment Secretary Michael Gove calling for a freeze on wine duty in next month’s Budget.

The Welsh government has introduced plans for minimum unit pricing of alcohol.

The Co-op is introducing a number of smaller pack types for wine as part of its ongoing mission to offer its customers a broader range of formats.